{Life is Good}

Cambridge earns Leadership Certification

We are proud to annouce that Cambridge has earned designation in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Certified Leadership Community Program. It is the fifth community to earn certification, joining Tecumseh, Madison, Central City and Neligh.

"If not for the foresign, drive, and determination of the Cambridge Economic Development Board to work towards being a Certified Leadership community, receiving this certificaiton would not have been possible," said Cambridge Mayor Mark Harpst. 

"'Life is good' in Cambirdge, Nebraska, and we are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to ensure that we have a positive rural future," said Ashley Rice-Gerlach, executive director of Cambride Economic Development. "There is this misconception that rural Nebraska communities are dying, which couldn't be further from the truth here."

Cambridge has amassed an impressive list of achievements:

• Ten new businesses have opened since 2010.

• A new 77-acre Harvest Meadows Subdivision is home to two new businesses and six new homes (two under contract).

• To date, 17 businesses have been awarded $60,440 from the Façade Grant Program, which has helped create improvements valued over $147,906

• A Down Payment Assistance Program has made seven low-interest loans totaling $121,800 to individuals and families to purchase or build homes in Cambridge

• The community’s Economic Development program oversees a Revolving Loan Fund to encourage business development. Currently, $62,968.59 in low-interest loans have been made to seven local businesses.

• Economic Development also operates an Internship Program, offering $1,000 grants to local businesses as an incentive to hire interns. To date, eight businesses have taken advantage of the program.

• The first College & Career Fair was hosted by Cambridge Economic Development in October 2014. The event featured 20 businesses and colleges and attracted 140 students from four area high schools.